Dan Coker's Match Preview

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Blast from the past

West Ham United have met Charlton Athletic on three previous occasions in the League Cup. The Hammers currently hold a 100% record over the Addicks in the competition having prevailed in 1960, 1976 and 1980.

Today’s focus takes us back almost exactly 60 years, to the club’s first ever League Cup tie on 26th September 1960. Ricky Valance (who sadly passed away three months ago) was number one with ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, Stanley Baker was in UK cinemas in The Criminal, and Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, participated in the first televised debate to be President of the United States. The First Division Hammers, meanwhile, welcomed their Second Division south London neighbours for this League Cup first round tie in front of 12,496 on a Monday evening at Upton Park.

Ted Fenton’s West Ham went into the game in 16th place in the First Division and without a win in their previous four games. Jimmy Trotter’s Charlton took advantage of the Hammers’ poor run of form and took the lead through South African centre-forward Stuart Leary but John Dick levelled for the hosts. Outside-left Malcolm Musgrove gave the Irons the lead four minutes into the second half before a landmark moment arrived in the 65th minute when 19-year-old Bobby Moore (pictured below) scored his first Hammers goal, crashing home a strike from 25 yards to seal a 3-1 win.

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West Ham United: Brian Rhodes, John Bond, John Lyall, Andy Malcolm, Ken Brown, Bobby Moore, Derek Woodley, Johnny Cartwright, Dave Dunmore, John Dick, Malcolm Musgrove.

The Hammers would lose their second round tie 3-2 at Fourth Division Darlington. Aston Villa went on to win the League Cup Final of 1961, beating Rotherham 3-2 on aggregate over the two-legged Final.

Aside from this first round win in 1960, West Ham’s remaining League Cup record against Charlton is as follows:
1976 – Charlton 0-1 West Ham (3rd round)
1980 – Charlton 1-2 West Ham (3rd round)

Club Connections

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer had two spells as a player with the Hammers having started his career at The Valley. Irons midfielder Josh Cullen welcomes the team who he has spent the previous two seasons playing for on loan, while West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph could play against the club where he started his career. A multitude of personnel join the trio in representing both clubs:

Goalkeepers: Stephen Henderson, Joseph Hughes, Noel Dwyer, Sasa Ilic.

Defenders: Malcolm Allison, Mark Bowen, Jack Burkett, Christian Dailly, Tal Ben Haim, Paul Konchesky, Roger Johnson, Harry Cripps, Lewis Page, Frank Burton, Jonathan Spector, Scott Minto, Carl Jenkinson, Simon Webster.

Midfielders: Hogan Ephraim, Ralph Milne, Diego Poyet, Shaun Newton, Alou Diarra, Scott Parker, Kyel Reid, Matt Holmes, Alex Song, Rob Lee, Mark Robson, Derek Woodley, Stephen Smith.

Strikers: Carlton Cole, Paolo Di Canio, Wilf James, Benny Fenton, Steve Jones, Frank Burrill, Derek Hales, Billy Lansdowne, Paul Kitson, Leroy Rosenior, Bill Robinson, Frank Nouble, Ricardo Vaz Te, Harry Lane, Svetoslav Todorov, Mike Small.

Billy Bonds played for both clubs and managed West Ham, while both Andy Nelson and Iain Dowie played for the Hammers and managed the Addicks. Alan Curbishley played for and managed both clubs. Chris Powell played for both clubs and managed Charlton; Alan Pardew played for Charlton and managed both clubs.

Today’s focus though is on a player who played for West Ham before turning out for Charlton. Born in East Ham on 26th June 1893, Dan Bailey (pictured) joined the Hammers from Custom House and made his debut in a goalless draw with Northampton at Upton Park on 15th March 1913. An inside-right, Bailey endeared himself to the faithful by scoring his first goal for the Irons in a 3-1 win at Millwall in front of a bumper 24,000 crowd in the Southern League First Division on 5th April 1913. The 19-year-old followed that up with his first goal at Upton Park three weeks later, in a 2-1 win over Portsmouth.

Bailey would score nine goals from 23 appearances in his first full season, 1913/14, including his first two-goal haul in a 2-0 FA Cup second round win over Crystal Palace in front of 18,000 at Upton Park on 31st January 1914. He had taken over Danny Shea’s inside-right position when the legendary Irons forward moved to Blackburn for a record £2,000. For a trip to Watford in November 1914, Bailey was switched to the centre-forward berth in the absence of another West Ham legend Syd Puddefoot – Puddefoot would be the Irons’ top scorer for the 1914/15 season with 18 goals in 37 appearances, while Bailey would bag five goals from 20 appearances.

Bailey’s career was badly disrupted by World War One but he returned from service in Egypt to feature for West Ham in the Second Division after the club’s election to the Football League in 1919; he scored ten goals in 30 appearances in 1919/20 as the Hammers finished in a very respectable seventh position. Only the 26-goal Puddefoot scored more in that debut campaign in the Football League for the Irons. Bailey (pictured) notched six goals in seven games in March and April of 1920, culminating in his last goal for the club, scored in a 2-1 home win over Hull on 24th April 1920. Bailey’s final match for the Hammers came in a 1-0 home win over Bristol City on 5th March 1921. After scoring 27 goals in 95 appearances in all competitions for West Ham United, he departed for Charlton later that year.

The 28-year-old Bailey made 33 appearances for Charlton in the Third Division South, scoring eight goals, before joining Clapton Orient in July 1922 – he made 19 league and cup appearances in the 1922-23 season, scoring four goals, after which he joined Margate. Dan Bailey died at the age of 73 in April 1967.


The referee on Tuesday will be Andre Marriner; the 49-year-old failed to send off Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero for an elbow on Winston Reid in August 2016, with the Hammers trailing 2-1 with 14 minutes remaining. The Argentine was retrospectively charged with violent conduct and suspended for three matches, a decision which did nothing to benefit West Ham. Marriner did, however, show leniency that day towards the visitors by failing to issue Arthur Masuaku with a second yellow card on more than one occasion.

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Since we achieved promotion back to the top flight in 2012 the Birmingham-based official has been far from a good omen for West Ham – he has refereed 20 of our league matches, officiating in only three wins for the Hammers, six draws and 11 defeats. He officiated the Irons for our 2-0 defeat at Wolves last December, our 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day and, most recently, for our 1-1 home draw with Everton in January.

Possible line-ups

David Moyes is likely to hand a start to former Charlton goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Former Hammers midfielder and current Charlton manager Lee Bowyer takes on West Ham for the first time as a manager.

Possible West Ham United XI: Randolph; Johnson, Diop, Balbuena, Masuaku; Soucek, Wilshere; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller.

Possible Charlton Athletic XI: Amos; Barker, Oshilaja, Pratley, Purrington; Lapslie, Forster-Caskey, Gilbey; Doughty, Washington, Bonne.

Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!